Trip to Kansas, Extreme Weather Increasing by Factor of Ten to Twenty

Wassermassen bahnen sich ihren Weg durch das Stadtzentrum von Simbach am Inn. Foto: Manfred Fesl

Wassermassen bahnen sich ihren Weg durch das Stadtzentrum von Simbach am Inn. Foto: Manfred Fesl

Rampant weather change all of the world.  So much to tell and share and speak of:

As Wolfgang Werminghausen posted today:  ‘Extreme weather events accumulate all over the world, such as here in Germany: thunderstorms, storms, torrential rains. Professor Paul Beckwith from the University of Ottawa, Canada expects an increase by the factor 10 to 2o‘.

My November podcast with Nick (of Relief Analysis) is again shared there.   Thank you Wolfgang!
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We have been ‘checking out EF4 damage to landscape near Chapman, KS and then heading home. Lots of photos and footage for our trip; will post when I get back… Incredible damage to houses, cars, trees, etc’.

Its been a great trip for Paul.  He will be posting about it soon.  In the meanwhile:  ‘More severe weather and tornadoes roil Plains; no injuries‘.

The tornado on Wednesday night near 1,400-resident Chapman, 140 miles west of Kansas City, Kansas, damaged or destroyed about 20 homes but edged past Chapman’s southern side after forecasters declared a “tornado emergency” for the town. “Numerous” miles of power lines were extensively damaged, along with a set of railroad tracks, Kansas officials said Thursday.

A survey team from the National Weather Service office at Topeka rated the tornado as an EF4 on a scale of tornado strength – EF5 is the highest – with estimated peak winds of 180 mph.

In Kansas’ Dickinson County, a tornado Wednesday was blamed for destroying eight homes and heavily damaging as many as 20 others and farmsteads.

“It’s amazing how this tornado missed those centers of population,” said Paul Froelich, a Dickinson County fire district. “And we had outstanding early warning on this. … People knew well in advance of this storm. Consider also, this is Kansas. This is Tornado Alley.”‘  Article continues at link, above.
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Beijing was battered by the heaviest downpour in 61 years...epa03315035 Photo made available 23 July 2012 showing cars submerged in floodwaters around a residential block after heavy rains in Beijing 21 July 2012.. Thirty-seven citizens were killed and seven missing in the heaviest rains in Beijing in 61 years. EPA/CHING CHIN CHINA OUT

Beijing was battered by the heaviest downpour in 61 years…epa03315035 Photo made available 23 July 2012 showing cars submerged in floodwaters around a residential block after heavy rains in Beijing 21 July 2012.. Thirty-seven citizens were killed and seven missing in the heaviest rains in Beijing in 61 years. EPA/CHING CHIN CHINA OUT

Major flooding in Beijing after the heaviest rain storm in 60 years‘:  Beijing residents have expressed fury after the worst rains to hit the Chinese capital in more than 60 years left at least 37 people dead, with at least another seven still missing. Many said lives could have been saved and some of the worst devastation avoided if a better warning system had been in place, and criticised the city’s antiquated water infrastructure.’
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Sample images from the trip.  Great late-night visit to The Weather Network in Oakville. Stay tuned!!!  Got to see this crazy kid yesterday on the way home! Thanks for the lovely tour!

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About paulbeckwith

Well known climate science educator; Part-time Geography professor (climatology, oceanography, environmental issues), University of Ottawa. Physicist. Engineer. Master's Degree in Science in Laser Optics, Bachelors of Engineering, in Engineering Physics. Won Association of Professional Engineers of Ontario gold medal. Also interested in investment and start-ups in climate solutions, renewable energy and energy efficiency. Avid chess player, and likes restoring old homes. Married with children.
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2 Responses to Trip to Kansas, Extreme Weather Increasing by Factor of Ten to Twenty

  1. Nemesis says:

    The recent massive rainfall events here in Germany are just horrifying. 10 dead. Experts in Germany talk of a “Millenium Event”.

    Sir Paul Beckwith, I highly appreciate all your hard and educational work! Thank you very much.

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  2. Henry Holt says:

    I have been following you for a few years now Paul and salute your work too. Your work is valuable beyond words. Thankyou from Sydney Australia

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